Why Fewer Pets Are Dying In Shelters

By Amanda Rock

Animals (and their people) have a good reason to celebrate!

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Less animals are winding up in shelters, and when they do, they're more likely to be adopted, according to TODAY.

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Research released by the ASPCA claims "6.5 million cats and dogs per year are winding up in the country's animal shelters. That's 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. It's a positive change from the last time the ASPCA looked at this kind of shelter data in 2011. Then, the figure was 7.2 million." As for adoptions, the article states that "an additional half a million cats and dogs are being adopted."

Is it their cute faces? Or their cute butts?

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Nope. It's that less animals are being euthanized in shelters because people are smart and compassionate about caring for animals.

Pet food banks and veterinary care is available for low-income folks who love their animals. If someone's in a real bind, loving foster families will take care of pets. Wise individuals also take advantage of low-cost spay and neuter programs to help reduce the numbers of unwanted animals.

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Clever humans are also making sure their pets are micro-chipped, making it easier for lost dogs and cats to return home. The article also pointed out that less cats were micro-chipped than dogs, so let's get on that cat moms and dads!

Less dogs are dying in shelters because intelligent humans are realizing that breed specific legislation is dumb and doesn't work.

So, how do us smart people keep this trend up? The article suggests expanding safety-net programs for pet owners as a vital part of saving animals' lives. "When communities focus on ways to keep pets in the safe and loving homes they have, more animals will be saved from suffering, and more room will be available at local shelters for other pets in need." says ASPCA's president and CEO Matt Bershadker.

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What else can we do? Besides making sure our pets are fixed and micro-chipped, we can spread our wisdom and encourage friends and family members to adopt animals from shelters. Sharing this article is a great start!

Do you have a shelter pet? Tell us about your experience in the comments!